April 2020

Massachusetts Act Regarding a Moratorium on Commercial and Residential Evictions During COVID-19

The Massachusetts House and Senate have reconciled differences between two separate bills proposed regarding a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the state of emergency concerning COVID-19, and on Wednesday April 15th, the House passed House B…

Massachusetts Takes Action to Ease Permitting Process for Municipalities and State Authorities During COVID-19 State of Emergency

On April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed legislation titled “An Act To Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and State Authorities Resulting from COVID-19” (the “Act”).  The Act, among other things, makes a number of changes to the local permi…

CARES Act and Interagency Guidance Encourage Loan Modifications Related to COVID-19

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act ("CARES Act") enacted on March 27, 2020 provides banks and their borrowers with temporary relief regarding troubled debt restructurings ("TDRs"), for short-term loan modifications made in response to C…

Proposed Massachusetts Act Limiting Landlords from Terminating and Evicting Commercial and Residential Tenants

On April 2, 2020, the Massachusetts House of Representatives passed H. 4615, An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency. This bill now moves to the Senate for approval, and if approved by the Senate, will …

March 2020

Executive Orders in Connecticut Suspend and Modify Public Hearing Procedures

Governor Lamont has issued two Executive Orders relating to public agency meetings, Executive Order 7B, which allows public agency meetings to be held by video conference or conference call, and Executive Order 71, which suspends and modifies notice proced…

Converting Retail For Industrial Use? What To Look For

In recent years, many former retail spaces have been converted for other uses, such as industrial or e-commerce (i.e. fulfillment, “pick-and-pack” centers).Building Size: The landlord should consider the building’s size and condition. The landlord w…